Use Your Honey Magic to Fight Robot Invaders, and Grow Your Farm
Honeymancer is an adorable pixel graphics RPG and farm sim game, but with a slight twist. You play as the isolated Bear Witch. She uses a special Honeymagic, and wields it against evil robot invaders to defend the forest and protect nature. As long as you have honey to fight with, you’ll be successful!
On the little plot of land you call home, help make your bee buddies happy, and they’ll produce the honey you need for your magic. Of course, that means you need flowers! Plant a thriving garden of them so the bees can collect nectar from them. The more flowers you have planted, the more honey the bees can produce, and more honey means more magic use!
Use your Honeymagic against the invasion of evil robots. They come in waves, and each wave is tougher than the last one. The robots are trying to destroy the forest by cutting the trees down, and it’s up to you to stop them. Protect the forest and the trees by defeating each wave of robots. And don’t forget to befriend the other creatures in the forest. They’ll help you unlock new spells, decorations, flowers, and more!
Now, I know that many of us who look toward the cozy video game genre aren’t looking for combat in their games. Stardew Valley is an obvious exception, since the combat is minimal and not a necessity, and Honeymancer’s combat is integral to the game. However, between the cute pixel graphics, adorable art, and the fun magic, players should give it a try. Plus, the developer has added a button to the demo (and will be in the full game) to turn off the smooth camera feature to help those of use who get motion sickness from it!
Honeymancer currently has no release date available. However, you can find it on Steam to add to your Wishlist for notification when it does become available! There’s also a demo on Steam you can download and try out.
For those players who really enjoy running around games like Animal Crossing and catching bugs, then perhaps Paradise Marsh would be a good fit. Developer LazyEti admits the game is short, but it’s been made with a lot of love by a solo dev, and that’s easy to see!
You wake up in a peaceful little wetland, but realize the stars are gone. They used to fill the beautiful night sky, but have now fallen. Wander through Paradise Marsh and its varying picturesque, but mysterious landscapes. Catch critters like frogs, fireflies, and many others, each with their own unique behaviors and quirks. Talk to the birds to hear some charming little poems, too. You’ll also be able to pick flowers, eat strange mushrooms you forage, build snowmen, and much more!
Paradise Marsh features a colorful cast of characters for you to meet. They even have quests for you to complete, but don’t worry about a time crunch. There are no time limits, no mini map, or quest markers. You’re meant to relax and enjoy nature while discovering things at your own pace and in whatever order you choose. You’ll also collect notes that will reveal the mysteries of the marsh, and maybe explain what happened to the stars! Plus, each time you play, you’ll get to explore a new procedurally generated world, so there’s plenty to discover!
This charming little collection game was released October 2022. You can find Paradise Marsh on Steam, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox!
Lumbearjack is an adorable and charming puzzle adventure where you play as Jack the bear. Jack is a humble bear with a very simple dream. He wants to defeat the dishonest industrial giant, Evil Works, and restore nature. Join Jack, his trusty axe, and his wacky woodland friends on their mission.
Hack and slash your way through forests, construction sites, and other exciting locations. Solve various environmental puzzles as you explore. Upgrade your chopping skills when you reduce, reuse, and recycle! You’ll also take time to rescue the adorable cast of critters, then join forces with them to defeat Evil Works. Can you put a stop to the environmental havoc?
Jack and his friends have also teamed up with Ecologi to restore their home. Ecologi empowers everyday people to make changes for the betterment of the environment. And for each copy of Lumbearjack sold, Ecologi plants one real life tree!
Down in Bermuda is a pleasant and colorful little puzzle game featuring Milton, the adventurous airplane pilot. A bizarre and abnormal storm has swept through Milton’s path and has left him stranded on the infamous islands of Bermuda for decades. Milton will have to work to overcome a number of different obstacles in his search for a way home.
Milton has discovered he’s trapped inside a baffling time bubble, and needs your help to escape and get home. He’ll have to overcome creatures of the deep, as well as crack various codes. Collect mysterious orbs, and also solve a number of puzzles on 6 of the islands of the notorious archipelago. Can you help Milton find his way home and escape the beautiful, but mystifying island?
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]orager is an upcoming indie game that is being developed by HopFrog and will be published by Humble Bundle, who will also publish Ikenfell and Mineko’s Night Market. Forager was initially released for free on itch.io, where it was well received. After a year of development, the game will soon be available to buy from Steam, the Humble Store and the Nintendo eShop. Whilst no set release date has been specified, the game is scheduled for release during fall 2018, meaning we should hopefully be able to play it very soon!
Described as an “idle game that you want to actively keep playing”, Forager is a 2D open world game inspired by exploration, farming and crafting games such as Stardew Valley, Terraria and Zelda. The game contains a variety of lands and biomes to explore and players can craft, gather resources, uncover secrets and even build a base.
Gather, collect and manage resources.
Craft useful items & structures.
Build and grow a base out of nothing. Buy land to expand and explore.
Level up and learn new skills, abilities, and blueprints.
Solve puzzles, find secrets and raid dungeons!
Achieve anything you want! The choice is yours, you set your own goals to work towards!
New lands and biomes (Deserts, Graveyards, Snowy Mountains, Volcanoes, and more!)
Combat mechanics have been added! (Dungeons, Bosses, Raids, Night time invasions, etc).
NPC interaction. Find quirky companions to trade or talk with.
Farming mechanics, including caring for animals and the harvesting of all sorts of crops and herbs.
Archaeology mechanics. Play as a professional secret-finder as you raid ruins, dig for artifacts and display your findings in your own museum!
Alchemy & Rune Inscription mechanics. Allowing you to go all in on the crazy wizard fantasy, destroying big masses of resources with a single bomb or creating trees out of nothing with a powerful spellbook.
16+ new skills to learn and master, in a free-form upgrade system that allows you to customize your experience as you see fit. This brings the number of skills up to 64 total, each unlocking new items, structures or gameplay modifiers!
Random events have finally been added!
New resources, objects, structures, animals, puzzles, secrets and more! More EVERYTHING!
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]attails, which is a feline-themed simulation RPG game available on Steam, will soon be playable on Nintendo Switch, it has been confirmed.
Developed and published by Falcon Entertainment for PC, Mac and Linux on December 1st 2017, the game has garnered very ‘paws-itive’ feedback since its release. Through the eyes of a cat, Cattails allows players to hunt for food, interact with other cats, gather herbs and explore an expansive world.
Join one of three unique cat colonies and become friends or enemies with its residents
Hunt for mice, squirrels, rabbits, and more anywhere throughout the open world
Find new treasures in the wild as the seasons change
Date and marry one of twelve eligible cats
Raise a litter of kittens and bring them with you on your adventures
Dig for riches in dangerous caves
Fight in battles to secure your colony’s land claims
Hundreds of unique ways to customize your cat’s coat & eye colors and accessorize
Upgrade and customize your personal den
Fun seasonal festivals where you can compete to win prizes
Create your own colony of cats and customize it to your liking
Kotaku have said that “Cattails looks like Stardew Valley, except cats.” and IGN have said that Cattails is “an adorably silly game, but one that’s also a lot of fun.”
Tyler Thompson, the founder of Falcon Entertainment, has made the following statement:
“We are extremely excited to bring our first game to the Nintendo Switch system. We hope that players, new and old, will share in our enthusiasm for introducing Cattails to a whole new audience of console gamers.”
The game is scheduled to be released for Switch in just over a month on November 29th. Whilst the price of the Switch version has not yet been announced, the game currently costs $14.99 USD to purr-chase on Steam.
Are you struggling to think of Christmas gift ideas for casual gamer friends? Looking to treat yourself with Christmas money?Look no further as we’ve compiled a list of the most cute and quirky Casual Gaming merchandise currently on the internet.
Know a cheapskate or a workaholic? (Or just an Animal Crossing fan will do I guess..) Buy them a Tom Nook or Isabelle pin from Etsy, starting at just £7.73 each
Do you have friends who are like me and are forever losing their ID card for School/Work/Uni (amongst a variety of other things..)? Does their obsession with Animal Crossing: Pocket camp have you concerned for their welfare? Perfect. Buy them a Pocket camp lanyard from Etsy for only £6.95.
It’s-a me Mario
Buy them a Mario Rainbow GP t shirt to remind them how much they suck at Rainbow Road (or Mario Kart in general ?) and how much they hate that course. It can be bought from Theyetee.com for $20. Tip: Consider complimenting this purchase with a Rainbow Road pin and poster (conveniently sold by the same website) to really make them hate you.
Or purchase them an adorable Piranha Plant or Bowser hand puppet, giving them the ability to munch on random stranger’s hair and blame it on the puppet! (Tip: Don’t do that unless you want to look like a weirdo and risk get a slap). These mischievous puppets can be bought from Think Geek for $19.99 each.
With these 8-bit soaps, you can hint to grimy gamer friends that showering in The Sims doesn’t count! The soap can be bought from Think Geek half price for just $12.99, a small price to pay to assist the most pungent of players.
Know a stylish Stardew Valley fan? Buy them a seasonal Stardew Valley Fair poster or a pretty Pelican Town poster (or both, if you’re feeling particularly generous) to brighten up their bedroom. The posters are available on fangamer.com (which has loads of cool gamer stuff) for a reasonable $15 each.
How about gifting some of the super cute Ooblets merch which is also available from theyetee.com? There are Ooblets pins, t shirts, stickers and an amazing poster up for grabs!
(Is it just me who thinks that Clickyclaws looks funny? ?)